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ASUS ROG Strix Z590-A Gaming WIFI
The ASUS ROG Strix Z590-A Gaming WIFI is a four-letter distinguished Strix Z590 model, with a very subtle silver and white aesthetic on a black PCB. Some of the A's primary features include support for up to DDR4-5333 memory, three PCIe M.2 slots, six SATA ports, and an Intel 2.5 Gb Ethernet controller. Design-wise, the board uses silver, and white heatsinks, with ASUS Strix branding on the chipset heatsink and an RGB-enabled ROG logo on the rear panel cover.
Towards the board's center is three full-length PCIe 4.0 slots that operate at x16, x8/x4, and x8/x4/+x4, with a single PCIe 3.0 x4 half-length slot. For storage, the Strix Z590-A has three M.2 slots, one operating at PCIe 4.0 x4, and two with support for PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA drives. The board also has six SATA ports arrayed in a single file along the right-hand side, with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. In the top right-hand corner is four memory slots with support for up to DDR4-5333, with a maximum combined capacity of 128 GB.
On the rear panel are a single USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C, four USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, and five USB 2.0 ports. Included for users planning on using Intel's UHD integrated graphics are a DisplayPort and HDMI video output combination, with a single RJ45 port powered by an Intel I225-V 2.5 GbE controller. The five 3.5 mm audio jacks are powered by a ROG SupremeFX ALC4080 HD audio codec, with a USB Type-C audio port which is quite rare. ASUS doesn't specify which Wi-Fi 6 interface it is using, but it's likely an Intel AX200 or AX201. Finishing off the rear panel is a small BIOS Flashback button.